Hot Cocoa Cookies Recipe

Here in Michigan, we are still in the middle of winter and it’s cold outside. This cookie recipe makes for an excellent sweet treat with hot chocolate.

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Hot Cocoa cookies

Serves: 35-40 cookies


For the Cookie Recipe

• 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
• 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
• 1 1/2 cups flour
• 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
• 3 eggs
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 25 (apx.) large marshmallows

For the Icing Recipe

• 2 cups powdered sugar
• 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
• 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1/4 cup hot water
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• Assorted sprinkles

Preparation Steps

Make the cookies
  1. In a medium saucepan (or in a microwave safe bowl, using 50% power), melt the butter and chocolate, stirring frequently. Once melted, set aside to cool slightly.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla on low speed until well combined.
  4. Add the cooled chocolate mixture and blend until just combined.
  5. While mixing, add the flour mixture slowly and blend until just combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then cover the dough and refrigerate about 1 hour. If making the dough a day ahead, let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before shaping.
  6. Preheat oven to 325*F. and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat type liner. Use a tablespoon (or a tablespoon sized cookie scoop) to scoop the dough, then roll the dough in your hands to create balls. Arrange the balls about 2 inches apart on your baking sheets, then flatten slightly. Bake cookies about 12 minutes.
  7. While the cookies bake, cut the large marshmallows in half (crosswise). When the cookies have baked, remove from oven and press one marshmallow half (cut side down) into the center of each cookie. Return the cookies to the oven and bake another 2-3 minutes. Allow the pan of cookies to cool a few minutes, then transfer cookies to cooling rack.
  8. Prepare cookie icing by combining all ingredients in a medium bowl and mixing together with a whisk. Place wire cooling rack (with cookies on it) over a baking sheet (to catch any excess icing). Spoon a small amount of icing onto the top of each marshmallow, and use the back of the spoon to spread it a bit. After icing just a couple cookies, top with sprinkles before the icing dries.
  9. Allow icing to set up about 30 minutes before serving.


  • Batter gets thick, mix in dry ingredients slowly
  • Icing is messy, I suggest icing cookies on parchment or wax paper, or anything that will be easily thrown away

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2 Comments on “Hot Cocoa Cookies Recipe”

  1. I am by far not a lover of chocolate, but when Anthony brought these to work last year, I was a converted to a lover of these magnificent cookies. Thank you again this year for allowing us to have a little Joy around the office.

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